Monday, December 15, 2008

Signature Strengths: Developer & Adaptability

My original post about the Signature Strengths got REALLY long with the descriptions, so I decided to break it up into a few smaller posts, one for each of the top 5 strengths. Last but not least, here are numbers 4 & 5.


You see the potential in others. Very often, in fact, potential is all you see. In your view no individual is fully formed. On the contrary, each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. And you are drawn toward people for this very reason. When you interact with others, your goal is to help them experience success. You look for ways to challenge them. You devise interesting experiences that can stretch them and help them grow. And all the while you are on the lookout for the signs of growth—a new behavior learned or modified, a slight improvement in a skill, a glimpse of excellence or of “flow” where previously there were only halting steps. For you these small increments—invisible to some—are clear signs of potential being realized. These signs of growth in others are your fuel. They bring you strength and satisfaction. Over time many will seek you out for help and encouragement because on some level they know that your helpfulness is both genuine and fulfilling to you.


You live in the moment. You don’t see the future as a fixed destination. Instead, you see it as a place that you create out of the choices that you make right now. And so you discover your future one choice at a time. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have plans. You probably do. But this theme of Adaptability does enable you to respond willingly to the demands of the moment even if they pull you away from your plans. Unlike some, you don’t resent sudden requests or unforeseen detours. You expect them. They are inevitable. Indeed, on some level you actually look forward to them. You are, at heart, a very flexible person who can stay productive when the demands of work are pulling you in many different directions at once.


Tabitha Blue said...

This is great! I can see myself in both, but realize that some is natural and some is learned. I'll have to go read more!!!!

I love learning about personalities, especially with my daughter now, there is so much that I can recognize in her... and it helps me to make the right choices with her as well.


Jaina said...

Tabitha-I agree, I think this kind of stuff is really interesting...and scarily accurate too. Thanks so much for stopping by! Congrats again on your SITS feature :)

Gramma Ann said...

Hi Jaina,

I'm sorry about not visiting lately. I have been in a funky mood lately. Unlike you I do not like snow. Oh, yes! it is beautiful and makes lovely photos, but when it snows I go into my down in the funk moods. Better known as S.A.D's.

On Kat's blog she listed some of her favorite movies from A to Z, so just to keep my mind busy I have been trying to figure out my list, it isn't as easy as it would appear. Being I can't remember what I watched yesterday.

This month I have been doing a lot of catch up reading. I buy books and they go on my shelf, so this winter I am reading trying to read as many as my eyes will allow. Today I'm going to watch movies all afternoon and evening. I tend to get movies and neglect to watch them as well. That's about all the excitement in my life for now, so will sign off. ;)

Jaina said...

Gramma Ann-Not to worry, I can understand that. I love movie lists. :)I need to get to reading those books sitting on my shelf. I plan to read more in January. Thanks for stopping by!